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The Wines

35-40% Grenache blanc (1950s+), 35-40% Roussanne (late 1980s-late 1990s), 5% Bourboulenc, 5% Clairette blanche (until 2014 was 50% Grenache blanc, 50% Roussanne) fermented new, 1-year 228-litre oak casks, raised 10 months, malo completed, 3-4,000 b

2015

yellow robe with lustre in its aspect. Toast and vanilla show on the front nose, which has confident breadth. Tobacco, white fruit, dried apricot are present. The palate gives rich gras in a tasty start, right from the off; it is open, and takes on grapiness, pear, white fruits, orange zest before the finish. This is good table wine; I like its juice – it comes with real good, wholesome attributes. Citrus appears near the finish. The length is confident, the grip also. This is stylish. 14°. 2028-29  July 2016

2004 ()

steady yellow colour; oak traverses the bouquet – strong toasting comes ahead of any other aroma – and this dislocates its origin. There is some peach and pineapple in the flavour, the latter derived from the oaking. The palate texture is smoothly rich, and helps to reduce the impact of the oak, which surfaces again, on its own, at the finish. There are spice moments in this over oaked wine. The finish is fresh, so the wine can live. 14°. 2018-19 Dec 2008 £15.83 per bottle in bond